1st Pic of Cavill as Superman

MAN of Steel_CAVILL_largeHere’s the first look at Henry Cavill suited up as Superman in Warner Brothers Pictures’ MAN OF STEEL.
Looks like an annoyed Supes has just torn open a bank vault-like door.
Certainly a dramatic introduction to this new incarnation of the character. Director Zack Synder will likely deliver a great-looking Superman film, lets hope it’s also a satisfying return to the silver screen for the iconic DC Comics character.

Michael Shannon Cast as Zod

Press Release:


“Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled MAN OF STEEL.
Snyder stated, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”
As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film. The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.
Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese.
He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’ Take Shelter from director/writer Jeff Nichols. Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film.
The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers. MAN OF STEEL will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

So it’s Zod, after all.
Could be worse. Could be another real-estate mad, campy Luthor.

Amy Adams Cast as Lois Lane

Amy_Adams_1Warner Brothers Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced that Amy Adams (THE FIGHTER, ENCHANTED) will star in the role of Lois Lane in the new Zack Snyder-directed Superman feature film.
Snyder remarked: “Second only to Superman himself, the question of who will play Lois Lane is arguably what fans have been most curious about. So we are excited to announce the casting of Amy Adams, one of the most versatile and respected actresses in films today. Amy has the talent to capture all of the qualities we love about Lois: smart, tough, funny, warm, ambitious and, of course, beautiful.”
Amy Adams has been nominated for an Oscar three times, most recently for THE FIGHTER.

Diane Lane in 'Superman'

diane laneWarner Brothers Pictures announced that Diane Lane has been cast as Martha Kent in Zack Snyder’s as yet untitled Superman movie re-boot.

Press Release:

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Oscar®-nominated actress Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, the only mother Clark Kent has ever known, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.
Snyder stated, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”
Lane will star with Henry Cavill, who was recently announced as the new Clark Kent/Superman.
Lane earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in the 2002 drama “Unfaithful.” She most recently starred in the family hit “Secretariat.” She next stars in the HBO feature “Cinema Verite,” opposite Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini.
Lane’s long list of film credits also includes “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Hollywoodland,” “Must Love Dogs,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Perfect Storm,” “My Dog Skip,” “Chaplin,” “The Cotton Club” and “A Little Romance,” to name only a portion.
Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.
Slated for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Kevin Costner in Superman?

Kevin_Costner_1According to Deadline, Zack Synder and Warner Brothers are interested in casting Kevin Costner (WATERWORLD) in a “key role” in the Superman reboot. 
Could he be under consideration to play Jonathan Kent or Daily Planet editor Perry White to Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent? Or might he be cast against type  as a villain?
The screenplay by David S, Goyer ( and some participation by Jonathan  and producer Christopher Nolan [THE DARK KNIGHT])  is still very much under wraps, though there have been hints that it will feature Clark Kent’s journey towards accepting his future as a superhuman champion of justice.
There have also been some rumors that the Kryptonian villainess Ursa may  be invovled, leading fans to suspect that General Zod might also play a role.
Personally, I hope no antagonists used in previous Superman live-action feature films will be in the movie in any significant way.
 More on this as it develops.

Nolan Steps Back From 'Superman' Film

christopher-nolanAt a party for Christopher Nolan’s INCEPTION, plugging it’s Oscar chances to the press, HitFix spoke to the director and his wife and producing partner Emma Thomas about the Superman movie and THE DARK KNIGHT RISES.
Thomas described Chris Nolan as very single-minded when making a film, and that it would be difficult for him to try to work on another project. Thus, now that he’s sure that David S. Goyer’s concept has been worked into a script that they and Warner Brothers like, they’ll be stepping back and handing off the Superman film to director Zack Snyder (WATCHMEN). Nolan  will have little to do with that movie’s production.
Christopher Nolan expressed surprise that fans think he has all the details worked out on the Batman films, sometimes long before he’s even begun working on them. Apparently, he’s still writing  the screenplay (due in January) with his brother Jonathan Nolan, and has not finished casting the film.
At the same event, Thomson on Hollywood also spoke to Nolan, who will not confirm if  Tom Hardy (STAR TREK: NEMESIS) will be playing a hero or villain in his third Batman film. He did shoot down the internet rumor that he planned to use stock footage of Heath Ledger to insert the Joker into the film.
Also attending the event was composer Hans Zimmer (THE DARK KNIGHT), who is presently set to write the music for Zack Snyder’s Superman re-boot, after doing the latest PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN film, and the SHERLOCK HOLMES sequel.

Zack Synder to Direct Superman Re-boot

superman-alexRossDeadline.com reports that Zack Synder (WATCHMEN) will be directing Warner Brothers Pictures’ SUPERMAN re-boot movie.
Talking to the site, Synder said:

“It’s early yet, but I can tell you that what David (Goyer) and Chris (Nolan)have done with the story so far definitely has given me a great insight into a way to make him feel modern. I’ve always felt he was kind of awesome. I’ll finish SUCKER PUNCH and get right at it.”

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter claims that David S. Goyer’s script features General Zod as the villain.
Well, if true, I suppose it’s better than yet another return of Lex Luthor — but I was hoping Superman might face someone he hasn’t already come up against in a live-action feature film, such as Brainiac or Metallo… or just about anyone else. Batman has always had a more interesting rogues gallery than Big Blue, and his human-level abilities make it easier for him to be evenly matched.
See my thoughts on A Darker Superman.

'Superman' Seeking Director?

SPMGRC2XAccording to Deadline.com , producers Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are still looking for the right director for the Warner Brothers / Legendary Pictures SUPERMAN reboot.
 Said to be on the short list:  Tony Scott (UNSTOPPABLE), Matt Reeves (LET ME IN),  Jonathan Liebesman (BATTLE: LOS ANGLES), Duncan Jones (MOON), and Zack Synder (WATCHMEN).
Liebesman seems to be a long shot, as he recently signed to direct Legendary’s CLASH OF THE TITANS 2, and there are some time constraints on both projects. 
Warner Brothers is rumored as wanting to be sure that a new Superman film is released by 2012, because in 2013 certain rights  will revert to the Jerry Siegel estate, per the court ruling. This would likely lead to intense and time-consuming negotiations over profit participation.
No word on Chris Nolan’s brother and collaborator Jonathan Nolan’s possible direction of the film. His name has been bandied about since his involvement in developing the David S. Goyer script.